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'donnell used campaign money to pay her personal expenses. the executive director of the group melanie sloan has called o'donnell a criminal who should be prosecuted. o'donnell's attorney is now threatening to sue. >> i've looked at what ms. melanie sloan has filed and what she is saying is untrue. she's libelled christine o'donnell, we're looking into that because she has committed libel per se, slander per se, by calling my client names. i am the counsel to the campaign and i've looked at lots of campaign, fec reports, and the things she's saying simply are not true. >> melanie sloan is back with us tonight. melanie, so what about that? ms. mitchell is not parsing her words, accusing of you slander and libel. what's your response? >> she needs to go back and hit the law books. christine o'donnell is a public figure and we've said nothing but the truth about o'donnell. they'd have to prove c.r.e.w. acted with reckless disregard for the truth at the very least and we've only spoken the truth, as anybody who goes through ms. o'donnell's campaign finance forms can clearly see. we're very comfortab
threatening to sue. >> i've looked at what ms. melanie sloan has filed and what she is saying is untrue. she's libelled christine o'donnell, calling my client names. i am the counsel to the campaign and i've looked at lots of campaign, fec reports, and the things she's saying simply are not true. >> melanie sloan is back with us tonight. melanie, what about that? she's not parsing words, accusing of you slander and libel. what's your response? >> she needs to go back and hit the law books. christine o'donnell is a public figure and we've said nothing but the truth about o'donnell. they'd have to prove crew acted with reckless disregard for the truth at the very least and we've only spoken the truth, as anyone who goes through the campaign finance forms can clearly see. >> i want to play you something else ms. mitchell had to say. >> c.r.e.w. is a left wing george soros funded liberal group that makes -- gets its donations because it goes after republicans and conservatives. that's what melanie sloan does. she should not have a tax exempt organization, she should lose her tax exempt status be
's important we keep asking. gary, appreciate it. want to bring in melanie sloan now for citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington. her group doing much of the legwork on this story and as gary mentioned today filed complaints with the f.e.c. and the u.s. attorney's office in delaware. melanie, you say in this report that she is a criminal. how can you say that? shouldn't she be innocent until proven guilty? >> well, of course, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. but if you look at the facts in this case, and it's literally just the facts, you can look at the campaign finance reports, christine o'donnell filed, you can look at what her former campaign staffers have said and two former staffers, david keegan and kristen murray have both said she basically treated the campaign coffers like her own personal piggy bank and she routinely was spending out of campaign money for her personal lifestyle, this is the stuff that crimes are made of. this is embezzlement. this is no different than any other employee who steals from their job. >> christine o'donnell says we in t
group headed by melanie sloan has filed some trumped up complaint against our campaign. these are the kind of distractions that they want to dominate the news to distract from our winning message. >> the group she's talking about is the citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington. they're called c.r.e.w., and they're partly funded by george soros and his open society institute. they insist they're nonpartisan and have gone after plenty of republicans as well as democrats. their director melanie sloan was on the program last night. >> c.r.e.w. is not a left leaning group. we take all comers, we go after republicans, democrats, liberals, conservatives. we go after public officials and candidates who do the wrong thing. we're about right and wrong. not democrat, republican. >> funded by george soros? >> indeed, the open society institute which gets its money from george soros has given us money. but if soros gives money to us because he thinks we only go after republicans, then i guess he's sadly disappointed by all of the actions we've taken on so many democrats,
democrats and republicans and we've had melanie sloan on before when we focused on bernice johnson with the scholarship scandal in texas. i think we're -- us and the "dallas morning news" are the only ones interested in it. but cruz is interested in it. you don't think they target as many republicans as democrats or are you just concerned with the personnel? >> i think on the list it was the 10 or 11 most corrupt politicians -- or candidates, rather, they had on the list. and they had two missouri candidates. roy blunt and ed martin. i thought it was interesting while they had ed martin on they didn't have his opponent whose brother received $90 million in stimulus cash, stimulus that they voted for and his brother received $90 million of that for a wind farm. it's not even in the state of missouri. his district. they didn't make the list. >> you say the questions being raised about o'donnell are fair game? >> yeah, sure. i think they are fair game. her campaign director said that he's confident these will be dismissed as frivolous and if so, let's answer some questions. i have to
investigation into miss o'donnell's finances. i want to bring in melanie sloan, the group's executive director. so why are you calling for a criminal investigation? >> we went through her campaign finance records and talking to one of her former campaign aides, someone you had on last night, david keegan. it turns out miss o'donnell has treated her campaign funds like they are -- her very own personal piggy bank. she's used that money to pay things like her rent, for gas, meals and even a bowling outing. and that's just flat out illegal. >> but, i mean, we had the checks on the program last night. and it's a couple hundred dollars here. a couple hundred dollars there. does it really amount to much of anything? >> by our count it amounts to well over $20,000 in 2009 and 2010. and that's just the funds that we can look at and look at as clearly illegal. the fact is the federal election commission needs to do an audit to find out all of the expenses that ms. o'donnell has claimed as campaign related because it may well be that most them aren't. for example, in 2009, ms. o'donnell wasn't a candida
still stands. joining us know is melanie sloan and todd gilman who has been reporting on this who broke the story for "the dallas morning news." todd, it seems like her story keeps changing every time she talks? >> she's offered extremery contradictory versions what have she felt was going on. she says she takes full responsibility, but then she says she didn't violate any rules. it's not really clear to me why she would have gone to the pain of cutting a $31,000 check to the foundation if she really maintains that no rules were violated. >> melanie, i mean, clearly she broke the foundation rules. what about this strikes from you an ethics standpoint? >> just so many things that strike me. the first thing that strikes me sometimes you shouldn't even need a rule. it's pretty clearly wrong to misappropriate scholarship money for kids and grandkids when it's intended for needy kids. secondly, she's clearly lying when she's coming back and saying she didn't know the rules. she didn't understand the rules. that's a lie. she's lying again when she says she didn't sign the letter. all of these
this story and melanie sloan, ethics and responsibility. >> at this point, if these letters weren't legitimate, you think their office would have said look these aren't real. they haven't responded either way. what do they tell us, assuming they are legitimate? >> the congresswoman was very involved in arranging these scholarships. they tell us that the congresswoman wanted, for some reason, to have the scholarship funds paid directly to her grandsons and great-nephews rather than to their universities. how many times in the past week or so that she has said she was pretty hands off, it was up to her chief of staff to deal with these scholarships, this says that she was pretty hands on. >> if memory serves me, in the first interview she did with you, she said, well, i just recognized their names on a list. and then she actually said that she did not directly get involved, right? >> right. she certainly was trying to leave the impression, or she did leave the impression that it was sort of a passive role that she had, that the applications came in. she didn't encourage these relati
basically, answering any of these questions directly. appreciate it. here's melanie sloan. her group doing most of the legwork on this story. today filed complaints with the fec and u.s. attorney's office in delaware. you say in this report that she is a criminal. how can you say that? shouldn't she be innocent until proven guilty? >> of course, everyone is innocent until ven guilty. if you look at the facts in this case and literally the facts, you look at campaign finance reports, christine o'donnell filed. look at what her former campaign staffers said and two former staffers, david keegan and kristen murray said she basically treated the campaign coffers like her piggy bank and routinely spent money for her personal lifestyle. this is the stuff that crimes are made of. this is embezzlement. this is no different than any other employee who steals from their job. >> christine o'donnell said we in the media shouldn't listen to your organization. she says basically you're a liberal group and the implication is you have partisan reasons. plenty of her supporters will say -- i don't want to
funds. >> joining me now is melanie sloan, executive director for citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington. she wants o'donnell prosecuted. melanie, what specifically did you find that concerns you? >> well, we found that she repeatedly used campaign funds for personal use. particularly in 2009, she had march and april rent payments that were made out, checks made out to a guy named brent basher, her landlord. those were rent payments and she called them expense reimbursements. that's one example of the many expenses ms. o'donnell claimed to be campaign expenses but were really just expenses of her lifestyle. she had no other income, so she was treating her campaign account like it was her personal piggy bank. >> and this happened in 2009? >> 2009 and 2010. >> okay. >> and ms. o'donnell had really no oversight. there was no campaign treasurer as the law requires for over a year and a half, so she had a -- a wachovia bank card that she whipped out whenever other people would use their debit card. >> who do you have sworn statements from to back up this allegation? >> we have a
have melani eechlt sloan and todd here. it seems like her story changes every time she talks. >> she has offered extremely contradictory versions of what she felt was going on. she says she takes full responsibility. but then she says she didn't violate any rules. it's not clear to me why she would have gone to the pain of cutting a $31,000 check to the foundation if she really maintains no rules were violated. >> melanie, clearly she broke the foundation rules. about from an ethnic's standpoint? >> the first thing that strikes me is sometimes you don't need a rule. it's clearly wrong to misappropriate scholarship money for your kids and grandchildren when it's intended tore needy kids. and secondly, she's clearly lying. saying she didn't know the rules, she didn't understand the rules. that's a lie. she's lying again when she said she didn't sign the letter. all these things are obviously untrue and she's refusing to take responsibility which is what so many people are sick of and the washington politicians. we want them to take responsibility for their actions and exhibit the value
to the group's director melanie sloan, quote, christine o'donnell is clearly a criminal and like any crook, she should be prosecuted. meanwhile, the democratic senatorial candidate does not name its own candidate, chris coons, instead, they focus on what they and karl rove considered to be the flawed fiscal resume. >> o'donnell spends money she doesn't have, hires employees she didn't pay, stiffed businesses, didn't pay her taxes. one of christine o'donnell's former employees summed it up. we were constantly trying to hold her back from spending. she was financially completely irresponsible. >> and of course, you may have heard something about this witchcraft, witch/satan stuff or as one might call it, the witchy leaks. never more neatly summarized when bob schieffer had to explain o'donnell had canceled. as his guess on face the nation. quoting bob, we're going to play that tape that began making the rounds friday night, which she said she once dabbled in witchcraft. i'm serious. that, of course, hbo's program, "realtime." its host, bill maher, revealed the existence of the tape that could dam
question. we'll speak with melanie sloan and she says what o'donnell has done is criminal. >>> and imagine having a life-threatening condition and no one knowing what it is. we begin a remarkable new series called "doctor detectives." dr. sanjay gupta takes us to where some of the specialists take on the toughest cases. now back to "larry king." >> the threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. it is a crisis of confidence. it is a crisis that strikes at the very heart, soul and spirit of our national world. we can see this crisis. in the grueling doubt about the meaning of our own lives. and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation. >> larry: we'll have the president read another excerpt from "white house diary." this is the day he leaves office. the inauguration of president reagan. >> on the inaugural platform my feelings were of regret that i lost the election but a sense of relief to be free of the responsibilities for a while. persistent was my concern that the last minute, the hostages might not be released. i watched the ceremonies in a somewhat detached spectator without
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